Collected Stories of William Faulkner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old is the young boy to whom Sam Fathers is telling his life story?

2. At the end of the story "Elly," which of the following is the only character who is still alive?

3. What do the townsfolk find lying on the pillow next to Homer Barron's corpse?

4. Which of the following adjectives best describes Flem Snopes in the story "Centaur in Brass"?

5. What shocking item does Emily Grierson purchase from the druggist in town?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Res Grier offer a hound dog to two of his co-workers?

2. In the story "Lo," why is the president uncomfortable with the Native Americans who come to him for advice?

3. What happens when Flem Snopes attempts to turn his two black co-workers against each other in the story "Centaur in Brass"?

4. What happens to Lucius Provine when he travels to the Indian reservation?

5. How does Sam Fathers earn his birth name?

6. How does Nancy react to life in jail in the story "The Evening Sun"?

7. Why is Res Grier accused of arson?

8. How is the slave finally captured in the story "Red Leaves"?

9. What mysterious events began to occur once Doom arrives back at his Indian tribe?

10. What request does Pappy make of Doom when he returns to the tribe, and what is Doom's response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"A Courtship" tells the tale of two men who are fighting over the hand of the same woman. First, describe each of the woman's suitors. Then explain how the suitors competed with each other and the lesson they learned in the end. Finally, describe how the Indian woman in this story took matters into her own hands, and the effects of her decision.

Essay Topic 2

What do you think is more important to Sarty in the story "Barn Burning," love or truth? Give at least two examples of each of these themes as depicted in Sarty's relationship with his father. Then describe Sarty's struggle to balance love and truth, and how this struggle led to his maturity.

Essay Topic 3

The story "The Tall Men" deals with the realization that the motivations of actions are sometimes misunderstood. First, explain what the motivations of the marshal were when he came to arrest the two young boys. Then explain what the marshal assumed the motivations of the young boys were in refusing to sign up for service. Finally, explain what the marshal learned about the human condition and what motivates us all.

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